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OHES To Hold 10th Annual Fundraising Event

Maryellen Myers
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November 16, 2017

Oak Hill Elementary School’s PTO will hold its annual silent and live auction event on November 18 at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall. This event is a 200-guest dinner/dance and raises money to cover the expenses of all school-related activities throughout the course of this year. With a different theme every year, this event provides an opportunity for the community to come together and have fun while contributing to Oak Hill Elementary School.

As event chairperson Erica Martin explained, funds raised by the event are vital to the school. “We have a running budget every year that we spend money on; it covers everything that the county does not pay for,” she said. “So, we cover anything that the teachers need, tables for the lunchroom, chairs for school-sponsored events, musical instruments, art supplies, playground equipment. Whatever might come up, we vote on where to spend the money.” The silent and live auction event has raised more than $18,000 annually, last year breaking records and raising $25,000.

The fundraiser began 10 years ago but has been under Martin’s direction for the past five years. The auction committee solicits area businesses, OHES parents and staff, online retailers and student-created art for its live and silent auction baskets. “Every year, we expand where we solicit from. I try to change it up where we get donations from because we’re very lucky to have such a generous community,” said Martin.

As with all years, dressing for the occasion is encouraged. This year, the theme is Hollywood Glam. “This year, people can either glam it up Hollywood style, or they can come dressed as their favorite celebrity or movie character. They can even come dressed in jeans and a T-shirt as paparazzi … Anything goes on the red carpet.”

Every year, the PTO goes all out to decorate the venue to match. “The committee goes the extra mile to make the event special and fun for all attending,” observed Catherine Myers, a former attendee.

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